Just the other day, we released a list of the most and least popular names for celebrities' kids. Now, it seems, pets want equal time.
Maybe it has something to do with the "Twilight" series, but in 2010 "Bella" retained its position as the most popular dog name for the second year in a row, and surpassed "Chloe" to assume the second most popular name for cats.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) combed through its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine last year's most popular pet names.
In addition to the Top 10 Dog and Cat Names, VPI for the first time has included the Top 10 Exotic Pet Names in its annual pet names analysis. Although "Charlie" may have ranked lower for dogs (No. 9) and cats (No. 10) last year, the name takes the top spot for birds, lizards, gerbils, rabbits and other assorted exotic pets.
Member of the family?
Of the nearly half a million pets insured by VPI, only 13 were named "Fido," reflecting the current trend of owners giving their pets human names. Nearly every dog name on VPI's Top Ten Pet Names list doubles as a popular human name, and several of the more traditional feline names -- "Tiger" and "Tigger" -- decreased in popularity between 2009 and 2010.
"We know that nearly half of pet owners today view their pets as a part of their family," said Curtis Steinhoff, director of Corporate Communications at VPI. "Given that pets are considered family members, it makes sense that pet owners are selecting human-oriented names like 'Max' or 'Charlie.'"
Not all the pet names in VPI's database are as common as Bella and Max. Thousands of people have given their pets names not shared by any other pet on record, such as "Pickle Von Corndog" and "Admiral Pancake."
Some of the more creative monikers selected for VPI's Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2010 can be found here.